GB Water Polo Blog Update: 8th May
8th May 2013
A number of British players reached the play-off stages with their domestic clubs across Europe…
After the brilliant wins against Terrassa last week it was a tough ask for Ed Scott and his boys to repeat the feat again against Sabadell.
They lost 15-6 which was down to a slow start and a sloppy final quarter.
Hopefully we can perform better in the next match and take it to a third one.
“We played a really unorganised game which wasn’t helped by a slow start," said Ed. "Sabadell came out all guns blazing and took control of the game and stayed two or three goals ahead until the final quarter when they pulled away.
"We let our concentration slip and conceded a number of scabby counter attack goals. Hopefully we can perform better in the next match and take it to a third one!”
A goal in the last eight seconds by the league’s top scorer Audon denied Jack Waller’s Nice a draw and now they must travel to Marseille and win by two goals to progress to the final.
The game finished 9-8 and was even throughout but with three goals conceded from center forward, Nice can look back at a missed opportunity to grab a famous result.
Jack played well winning seven majors at center.
Jack played well winning seven majors at center. He is confident ahead of the match on Saturday and it would be a brilliant effort if they can win by the required number of goals.
Aix en Provence
Matt Holland's Aix won 11-7 against Douai in front of a cracking crowd of 700 people and put themselves in a good position to progress to the 5-6th play off final and play for the LEN cup place awarded to 5th place.
Douai struggle to play away from their small pool and Aix took advantage of this going into a 5-2 lead at half time. They went off the boil a little at the start of the third quarter and Douai came back to 8-7 but a strong fourth, including a goal with eight seconds left gave Matt's team the win with a healthy goal difference.
These extra goals in the final quarter may prove to be very helpful this Saturday in the away leg, as a loss of three goals or less will be enough for Aix to progress.
Sean Ryder says of his team's play-off progress: “We are playing off now for placings. One more best of three series for ninth against Will Middleton’s former team Wedding.
"We’ve been working hard on extra man situations and converted most opportunities this weekend against Potsdam winning 10-6 and 10-7 on Sat and Sun.
"Our last game is due to happen on the 26th May. The play-offs this year have produced varied opinions but I think the more games the better even though it does drag on a bit. Hopefully we can win our remaining series and finish on a high.”
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